Wottan Storm-V 125 test: Introduction, positioning and rivals
The Wottan range is growing rapidly and specifically in the 125 scooters, it is being doubled. To the already known 125 cc air-cooled engine, which equips its basic models, is added the new water-cooled engine, intended for a couple of models, more equipped and better finished.
The Storm-V is part of the high-end 125 cc scooter range. It is not easy to distinguish it in the nomenclature, since all Wottan scooters are called Storm, whether they are 125 cc or 300 cc. What differentiates them is the following letter. The 125 cc air-cooled Wottans that represent the entry step to the Wottan range are the Storm (just) and the Storm-T. The 125 cm3 water-cooled are the Storm-R and the Storm-V that concern us today. There’s also a 300cc Storm-R, which adds to the confusion. Finally, the Storm-S and Storm-SP are exclusive to the 300 club. All gibberish.
The Wottan Storm-V (14.5 HP, €3,890 with ABS, €3,590 with CBS), has just arrived in a niche that is in full bloom: 125 cc crossovers. The first clarification is that the suspensions, with a little more travel and the raised screen give it an adventurous touch, which does not transcend the appearance, since the driving position and its tires make it clear that the Storm-V’s vocation is fully asphalt. We have traveled on roads and tracks with the Storm-V, but as we did when we were young with any moped, whether belt-driven or geared. Thus, any 125 cc water-cooled scooter with a power close to the maximum 15 HP allowed by law can be considered a rival. As that list is endless, we limit the direct rivals to scooters with a crossover vocation, all of them asphalt in practice, such as the Kymco DTX 125 (12.87 HP, €4,799) the Aprilia SR GT 125 ABS (15 HP, €4,100 ) the SYM ADX 125 (12.3 HP, €4,299) or the Mitt 125 ADV (11.5 HP, €3,195), which will soon undergo our in-depth analysis.
Wottan Storm-V 125 test: Features, equipment and philosophy of the Wottan Storm-V
The Wottan Storm-V is equipped with the most powerful 125 cc engine in a Wottan to date. With 14.5 HP, it is only surpassed by the Aprilia SR GT 125 by 0.5 HP, a scooter that costs almost 7% more compared to the ABS-equipped version of the Storm-V (more than 12% if we refer to to the version with CBS combined braking). We do not have official consumption figures, but in a 125 cc four-stroke it will not be high. With a 12.5 liter fuel tank, the range will be well over 300 kilometers. The refueling activity is clean and practical as the filler neck is between the legs.
In Wottan’s 125 cc water engine, there is a leap in quality compared to its air-cooled sisters, especially in terms of feel and absence of vibrations. The same extends to the adjustments of the plastics and the finishes. Scooters from China have always played the equipment card, this one too; However, a substantial improvement in perceived quality is beginning to be seen, undoubtedly the result of the reaction capacity of Chinese manufacturers when it comes to taking the feedback from their European customers seriously.
The chassis is a steel multi-tubular that guarantees rigidity, but not lightness, one of the weak points of this scooter. It weighs 172 kg dry, which will be 185 in running order. As you will read later, it does not represent an excessive tare while driving, but it does make the maneuvers when stopped more difficult, in which it acquires a certain inertia. The steering angle is, however, very good. The seat height is 770 mm, very affordable for all sizes.
The 37 mm diameter telescopic fork includes bellows, the best protector there is for seals, while at the rear it mounts two shock absorbers, adjustable in preload in 5 positions. The brakes consist of a 260 mm front disc clamped by a 4-piston caliper and a 220 mm rear disc clamped by a single-piston caliper. Our test unit has ABS, but there is also the possibility of purchasing the Wottan Storm-V with CBS combined braking, in which case the price drops to €3,590, really attractive.
It has CST tires in sizes 120/80-14 at the front and 130/70-13 at the rear. The difference in front-rear measurements will be decisive in the perceived agility of a scooter that is not light.
The equipment is most complete. It has a keyless key and connectivity with your Smartphone (and GPS sharing) via Bluetooth, all with the best interface: a 7-inch full-color TFT screen, very similar to the one used by BMW. Even the welcome message before starting is very similar to the one that appears in the most advanced models of BMW’s XR range. The information that appears on it is very complete, in addition to being perfectly readable in any situation: speed, rpm, clock, voltage, fuel level, coolant temperature, odometer and trip. The remaining indicator lights are located on both sides of the screen. Navigation through the pineapples is simple, as there are not many elements to influence. The lighting is full-LED, in which the turn signals stand out, very well integrated into the silhouette of the motorcycle and safe from unwanted bumps.
The cargo capacity under the seat is quite limited. Our HJC F70 full face helmet fit, but only in a very specific position. Not all helmets will fit, with the addition that they must be placed upside down, resting on their shell and susceptible to scratching against the bottom of the hole. Curiously, the housing for the helmet occupies the rear of the motorcycle, which requires that the passenger is elevated on a second floor. At least the retractable footpegs are at a suitable height and have handles worthy of the name. The front part of the hole is large enough to carry gloves, a wetsuit or other types of equipment. In other words, it is a scooter in which a rear trunk would be very welcome: it increases the carrying capacity and the comfort of the occasional passenger. However, there are also two glove compartments on the back of the shield, one of them with a USB port so you can recharge your mobile phone during your rides, whether or not it is linked to the scooter.
Wottan Storm-V 125 test: How the Wottan Storm-V 125 performs
Wottan has to congratulate himself with this 125 cc water-cooled engine, because he manages to extract very good performance from the Storm-V, also with a passenger. It is very good news, because the Storm-V sheds too many kilos on the scale to be a 125. This leads me to think that perhaps a 300 cc crossover is not far off in Wottam’s catalog, taking advantage of the same platform: it is not crazy, given the volume and the cycle part of the Storm-V. You can also make the opposite reading, and that is that the performance of this scooter with 30 or 40 kg less could have been amazing.
One detail to check is that, before starting it, it is necessary to press a button on the keyless key so that the scooter goes “on guard”, that is, it does not detect the key by proximity, losing the practicality that the not having to search for your keys in your pocket, purse, backpack or wherever you keep the key.
With these reservations made, it should be noted that the extra kilos are only noticeable in stationary maneuvers, because when moving the Storm-V reveals itself to be easy, maneuverable and light. Its dimensions and the 13′ rear wheel help. The scooter is neutral in the sense that it does not pull either of the two trains when entering the curve, but everything is easy. It is an intuitive scooter that does not require any tricks. This is helped by the truly balanced and rested driving position, two adjectives that extend to the instrument panel, which is large, simple and effective, an element to take into account when we are going to spend many hours on board our scooter. The screen will protect to a large extent from wind and rain, but not so much from sound, adjustment without tools to be able to raise it a little more would have been welcome. The extensions of the shield also stand out, which will prove decisive in rainy and cold conditions. .
The benefits are at the top of the table. Acceleration and recoveries are good, energetic and it is capable of maintaining 110 km/h cruising speed at full throttle, with and without a passenger. The top speed is between 5 and 10 km/h further, depending on the conditions, sufficient figures to navigate urban traffic, national roads and ring roads with ease.
Braking is quite good thanks to the 4-piston front disc, but it is better if we combine both levers (both adjustable) at the same time, providing more feel, braking power and reduction in braking distance. The ABS jumps easily if we only brake with the rear brake, but it is very well calibrated if we use both brakes at the same time. Riding on roads and tracks is a possible activity, but not recommended, at least with standard tires, in the same way we did in our youth with 100% asphalt mopeds.